Every month we sit down with one of our amazing ABA members to get to know them a little better! For February, we spoke with Barbara McKenney, Owner of Synergistic Bodywork. We ask each member the same questions, providing an opportunity for our members to highlight the important work that they do in our communities. If you’re an ABA Member and would like to be considered for future Monthly Member Highlights, please reach out to us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Business Name: Synergistic Bodywork
Tell us about your business: Synergistic Bodywork focuses on massage and bodywork. It is not your average massage. Most clients describe a treatment as a little bit of physical therapy, some comforting spa features, mixed in with a thorough massage. Most clients come in looking for focus work on injuries to help with their discomfort. Once they are on the road to comfort they tend to stay and maintain their healthy feeling and body. We also offer lymphatic drainage massage which can help with surgery recovery, swelling and immunity support. I do also offer relaxation treatments as well. Cupping and custom essential oil blends/muscle rubs and CBD treatments are available for upgrades. Offering office and mobile (in home appointments) services.
Tell us about yourself: I grew up in Alton, NH. I was very active in sports and physical activities. I played volleyball and track throughout school. I enjoy scuba diving, hiking and just about any physical activity when not at work. My dogs are my sidekicks and go just about everywhere with me. I love music and one of the things about having my own office is that I let the clients pick what they want to listen to during their treatments so on any given day I listen to relaxation music, followed by, Jimmy Buffett, metal and or country.
How did your business get started: I played hard and as a result had a lot of physical therapy, chiropractic and massage along the way. As life became more stressful and I had not listened to the old saying “You will pay for that later,” I found the importance in regular massage. I always said I never wanted to leave Alton. My previous career took me away from home for 17 years. When I knew I wanted to come home and find a new career that allowed for a healthier life style I was drawn to massage. I am a bit of a nerd and knew I need something with a mental challenge and something I would always be learning with. Massage fits that bill. No two treatments, even on the same person, are the same and their are endless techniques to learn and incorporate.
What has your relationship with the ABA done for your business: I learned about the ABA late last summer and the first even I joined was the Harvest Happening. I love that there is an organization around town that is supporting local businesses and is also affordable enough for even small businesses to benefit. The event was awesome. They did a great job marketing and it was great to see the town all come out.
What do you value most about our community: I love the small town feel that Alton still has. In Alton I can’t go to the grocery store or go for a walk without people stopping to say hi and catch up. Neighbors help neighbors. My office is in Wolfeboro as that is where space was available when I wanted to open. I do offer mobile massage as well and many Alton clients take advantage of this option.
What business accomplishment are you most proud of: I took a huge leap of faith leaving a successful career and going back to school. I was told in school it would take a solid 3-4 years to build a sustainable business and that I might be better off starting at a chain spa and working part time at my own. July 1st, 2022 will be one year, the Alton community has rallied behind and made my dream business of being able to help people, have a good career with a good life work balance come true. I am thankful for that support in such short time.
What does the future hold for your business: I eventually would like to move and expand. I would like to have more services to offer as well as have other therapists and professionals join my team.
What is one piece of advice you wish you had as a new business owner?: Be ready for the grind. A good business does not just happen.
How can people who want to learn more about your business get in touch: Because I am quite often in session a text message is easiest and I can respond in between sessions without making noise in the office. I love voicemails and emails but most times I cannot respond as quickly. My business number is 603-387-1877. Email is email@example.com.